This is happening in my neighborhood… and YOURS!

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After moving into our new space over the summer, we began doing outreach to women and girls being sold for sex through online forums in our community. One Thursday morning at 10am, I created a post in one of the most popular websites where escort ads are placed. I wanted to send a message to the women letting them know that we are …

It was good. And it was hard. | Philippines Update

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Our trip to the Philippines was good. God had his way, and we believe we made a tangible impact during our time there. And, it was also hard. Holding both of these truths and finding a way to share them with you, has proven challenging for me personally. (And part of the reason it has taken so long to write this.) …

Help Kickstart Our Holiday Fundraising Season!

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Every month we receive letters and care package requests from treasured women all over the country. Rachel is one such woman. Each woman comes to us with a story: a past, a present, and a future. It is our job to ignite in them a hope for the future, a future that is not darkened by the trials of their …

Will You Help Us Reach Women in New Corners of the World

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This month, I traveled to Ecuador to further our vision of seeing sex-industry outreach flourishing in every city on the globe. This outreach training marked the first time EVER in the history of the country that the issues of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation were talked about in a public, educational setting. The Government has been slow to recognize that the problem exists, so …

Ecuador Update: What’s the Point of Life?!

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Some of you may remember hearing about the shocking tragedy of a family member of mine being killed by her husband just over a year ago. She was my daughter’s aunt and a sister to me. The incredible grief of losing her was compounded by the idea that a man that I loved and trusted was capable of such a …

Take off the cape: Why using the word “rescue” is harmful to anti-trafficking efforts

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I have often said that those of us who provide care and services to sex trafficking victims need to be careful not to assume our work consists of jumping on a white horse, tossing on our superhero capes and thinking that we are here to “rescue” the people we are serving.  I have talked to people, newly exposed to the issue of …

I sold a girl and a sofa on Backpage

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As disturbing as this image is, it captures the truth of what is happening on back page.  For years, backpage has been known as a place where ads for “escort services” are wide spread.  Moreover, they have consistently allowed and enabled children to be sold by sex traffickers on their website, all the while, hiding behind the Communications Decency Act …

Brothels and Brazil: World Cup Outreach and Training Update

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An ongoing stream of men filed up and down the narrow, spiral staircase that ran like an artery, straight through the center of the “illegal”, 9-story mega brothel in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Different genres of music blared from each of the small rooms on either side of the staircase, creating a cacophony of noise.   Men shuffled along in what …

It’s Impossible to See the World the Way I Used To

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It’s Impossible to See the World the Way I Used To The best picture I can paint of the needs of victims of sex trafficking is to share what a woman that Treasures has been helping here in Los Angeles said to me. While discussing the common problem of PTSD in trafficking survivors, she shared with me that certain times …

What happens when she grows up?

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    What happens when she grows up?   At 16 years old, Diamond’s* father sent her to live with his friend. He told her she could make some extra money helping with his business.  Her dad’s friend was a pimp and his business was trafficking.  It wasn’t long before he had Diamond working for him as a prostitute.   …